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Learning Resources

 

Overview

Learning resources may be defined as anything that assists the teaching and learning process.   These learning resources provide faculty and students with the knowledge, information, and experiences necessary to create, support, and enhance learning opportunities.   They may include faculty, staff, instructional materials, technology, equipment, support services, physical locations, and environments.   Resources are not just things, but also people and facilities, and the fiscal resources that make them possible.   Learning resources should focus first on people and mission-critical functions of the university rather than on simple hardware or infrastructure (even though these are also important). Learning resources will be critical to student academic achievement and satisfaction.   They can assist the university in achieving its mission to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.

 

Critical Questions

1. What educational trends will impact the teaching and learning environment of TCU?

2. What learning resources (including services, programs, personnel, and fiscal resources) will be needed for TCU to achieve academic excellence, promote student satisfaction, and increase the ability of the university to fulfill its mission?

3. How can TCU best determine the appropriate role of current and emerging technologies (e.g., software applications, distance learning, wireless networks) and incorporate them in order to enhance teaching and learning?

4. What facilities and infrastructure will best provide for the storage, access, and delivery of learning resources at TCU?

5. What criteria and processes should be used to determine the appropriateness and effectiveness of learning resources and thereby prioritize funding for such resources at TCU?

6. What organizational structure or alignment will best coordinate the delivery of learning resources to appropriate campus constituencies?

 

Town Hall Meeting

Below are thoughts from faculty, staff and students who attended the March 24 Town Hall Meeting, Learning Resource: People, Materials, Technology and Facilities . If you would like to add to these comments or offer new thoughts, please do so by clicking on the discussion forum link located on the lower left hand side of the VIA home page and then clicking again on the Learning Resources link.

 

 

“An excellent library is critical to the learning process – it must support teaching, research, and learning in all their manifestations.   I am particularly excited about the possibilities for supporting learning, indeed providing an environment where learning is enhanced by library-faculty partnerships and by a new type of library building.

- Bob Seal, library

 

T“There should be a good assortment of software on computers, like Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop so that we as students don't have to hunt and peck across campus looking for a computer that has our needed software on it,”

-TCU journalism student

 

“An inter-departmental committee would help us focus a concerted approach to purchasing equipment that is not just used by music but possibly by radio/TV/Film,”

- José Feghali, music

 

“We need to looking at becoming a great university.   Learning and research is endemic to a great university.   What kind of technology do we have to make research great?”

- Richard Enos, english

 

“Sixty percent of TCU's population are women – we need a full-time women's resource center to enhance those opportunities.”

- James Parker, campus life

 

“Smith Hall is a great facility, but I say that type of building eliminates opportunities for surprise.   I can teach a class in that building, grab a snack or lunch, go to a study room, teach another class, read the paper.   It is so insular that I never have to leave Smith Hall – it eliminates the surprise of learning created through group interactions,”

- Bob Lusch, Neeley School of Business

 

“Another learning resource for music is guest lecturers, recital series and travel.   We do not have the funding for this important aspect of music studies.   We do have some opportunities in the summer but it should also happen in the fall, spring semesters,”

- José Feghali, music

Strategy Paper

 

Learning Resources committee

Sue Anderson, School of Education
Earnest Couch, College of Science & Engineering
Catherine Wehlburg, Teaching Excellence
Larry Kitchens, Instructional Services
Liaison: Cornell Thomas, Office of the Chancellor